Nestor Molina

Nestor MolinaPosition: RH SP
Born: 1/9/89
Ht: 6'1" Wt: 180
Acquired: Received from Toronto in Sergio Santos trade on Dec. 6, 2011
Career Stats

 

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #1 - 2012 Preseason
  • #5 - 2012 Midseason
  • #12 - 2013 Preseason

Accolades

  • 2012 White Sox Best Control (Baseball America)
  • 2013 White Sox Best Control (Baseball America)

Scouting report

Originally an infielder, Molina got his first crack at being a pro pitcher at 19. In three years as a reliever he succeeded based on impeccable control. In 2011 the Blue Jays made him a starting pitcher and he posted career best strikeout rates and maintained good control after earning a midseason promotion to AA. There he posted stupefying numbers (22 IP, 33 K, 2 BB, 0.41 ERA) in five starts. The problem is that Molina's stuff doesn't rate out above average. In 2012 opponents hit .317 against him while pitching mostly for AA Birmingham (though it was later reporting a nagging arm issue may have contributed). Molina features a fastball that hovers around 90, a good splitter, a solid change and a below average curveball. His command could keep him as a possible back end starter, but he will need to develop some movement on his fastball. Another injury in 2013 pushed back his ETA even further and he pitched mostly out of the bullpen.

Major League Outlook: No. 5 starter/reliever
ETA: 2014

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